Situated on the outskirts of Durham City – with easy access to the A1, A19 and A690 – the two golf courses at Ramside Hall sit in 350 acres of beautiful, private grounds. Both courses offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside, with Durham Cathedral in the distance, and provide a golfing experience like no other in the region.
Playable throughout the year, the Cathedral and Prince Bishops’ courses are open to members and non-members alike. Meanwhile, the 16-bay, floodlit driving range offers a great place to warm up, practice or take in some tuition.
The clubhouse offers a variety of meals and snacks from breakfast through to dinner, and group bookings including food can be booked in advance.
A fantastic range of membership options are available at Ramside Hall to suit every budget and lifestyle. Every member has access to the golf courses as well as a wide range of benefits, including pro-club discounts, entry into competitions and full use of the sauna and steam room in the clubhouse.
You can also extend your stay with a number of golf breaks available including food and accommodation as well as the option to make use of Ramside Hall’s award-winning spa.
The par-72 Prince Bishops’ Course measures 6,762 yards from its championship tees and has views of the world-famous Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Named after the warrior clergymen who ruled over the lawless north from Durham Castle after the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century, the Jonathan Gaunt-designed course has a spirit of adventure and features 16 water hazards, reachable par fives, driveable par fours, and short holes that demand shot-making skills with clubs ranging from wedges to woods.
Water comes into play on 10 holes and there are nine doglegs on the card which demand good strategy and the ability to move the ball in both directions in order to score well. The course is also incredibly fair – the fairways are generous and there is a conservative option available on every hole so any level of golfer can enjoy the challenge.
The Cathedral Course lies on rolling countryside between the villages of Belmont and Pittington with breath-taking natural features including ridges, becks and valleys.
The course extends over a broad hilltop with views of Durham Cathedral and as far as the Angel of the North in Gateshead before dropping down into a valley and rising again to return to the parkland estate where its closing holes end back at the clubhouse and hotel.
The middle holes are laid out across a high plateau, previously called Hilltop Farm, with wide-open skies and 360-degree views. The course then drops down into a striking valley with dramatic elevation changes, mature trees, steep banksides and a coursing beck.
Designer Jonathan Gaunt calls the stretch of holes from the 11th to the 14th Ramside’s Amen Corner. The downhill par-three 12th bears an uncanny resemblance to its famous counterpart in Georgia, but instead of Rae’s Creek, Sherburn Beck stands guard at the front of the green.
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